Pleasanton senior guard Aubrey Guerra scored a career-high 32 points Friday against Lytle.
And that was not even her biggest accomplishment of the night.
Guerra surpassed 1,000 career points in the win, reaching the milestone early in the second quarter on a fast break off a pass from Santana Huron.
“I was just doing what I was taught to do, and I was in the zone,” Guerra said. “It was just basketball. That’s what I was born to do.”
Guerra is believed to be the first girls basketball player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
“My junior year I started training with Springer, and after that I’ve been working really hard,” she said. “I came into the season thinking that I could actually [reach 1,000 points.] I don’t have words for it.”
“I can’t say enough about Aubrey” Lady Eagles coach Daryl Rentfro said. “She’s what you want out of a player: competitive, has that drive and makes her teammates better.”
Entering the night seven points away from 1,000, Guerra went scoreless in the opening frame before putting up 14 in the second quarter.
The Lady Eagles’ leading scorer followed with 18 points in the second half to help hold off a late Lady Pirates rally for a 56-53 non-district win.
“I just wanted to win and make sure I get my teammates involved,” Guerra said. “And we came out and got the win.”
Pleasanton led by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter, but seven turnovers in the period allowed Lytle to chip away at the deficit.
Autumn Frias, who finished with 11 points, pulled the Lady Pirates within 54-51 on a four-point play after drawing a foul on her 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining.
The teams then traded buckets, but the Lady Eagles ran out the clock before Lytle could intentionally foul and extend the game.
“I was preaching to them all week about closing out games, and we found a way to do that today, which is great,” Rentfro said. “That’s what I want to see. It’s only going to help us for district.”
Pleasanton overcame a sluggish start, shooting 1-for-9 with six turnovers in the first quarter as Lytle took a 6-2 lead.
The Lady Eagles outscored the Lady Pirates 22-14 in the second period and extended their lead to 10 entering the final eight minutes.
Lauren Gomez had a team-high 16 points for Lytle, which shot 33.3 percent on the night. Four Lady Pirates scored at least seven points.
Huron chipped in 10 points for Pleasanton, which improved to 9-4 on the season.
The Lady Eagles faced Skidmore-Tynan on the road Tuesday and will host Devine on Friday.